Multimedia Group Limited News Reporter, Erastus Asare Donkor appeared before the committee of inquiry to testify to the account that led to the death of two Ejura protesters.
Testifying to the committee, the Joy News Reporter stated that the armed military men lowered their their guns directly at the protesting crowd to fire their bullets at them.
He added that three more military men joined their colleagues to fire more shots at the crowd to disperse them and it resulted in the killing of two locals in the midst of the protest.
“Four armed military men stepped out of the vehicle and started firing into the air. They fired for about a minute into the air and the firing seemed to be lowered down.
The military men aimed directly at the crowd and shot them. When the Military men started firing, the crowd started going back.” He told the committee
Erastus Asare Donkor told the committee he was led by one of the deceased [Nasiru Yussif] to an uncompleted storey building to take refuge and had a clear view to capture all moments.
“While up there, my camera technician was capturing and I was running commentary. Now the firing became got more intense. We saw three more military men joined them to fire into the crowd. You could hear the sound of the bullet all round where I was hiding. The demonstrators were running in all directions to seek refuge” Erastus added
He informed the committee he saw one person hit by the bullet and was carried on a shoulder of one of the protesters.
“We saw one person in white t-shirt and black short being shot and fell to the ground. His colleagues pick him up. You could see the hesitation because bullets were still firing.
They dragged the victim on the ground for awhile and one of them carried him on his shoulders to run.” The Reporter noted
He said, “we heard the people shouting that another person has been shot close to where we were taking refuge. We could only see a pool of blood on the street.”
On June 29, 2021, two young men, Nasiru Yussif and Murtala Mohammed, both in their 20s, who lost their lives in the tragedy, had since been buried.
The incident was triggered by the death of a youth activist, Ibrahim Mohammed, alias Kaaka, 45, who was brutally assaulted while returning home on a motorbike three days before the disturbances.
Three accused persons, Ibrahim Issaka, Fuseini Alhassan and Iddi Mohammed, arrested in connection with Kaaka’s death, have been remanded into police custody by the Asokwa District Court.
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and murder.